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Ordinary Repairs
There are exceptions, such as ordinary repairs, which do not require a building permit.The term ordinary repairs means replacement of materials with like materials, including but not limited to:
  • cabinets installed in residential dwellings
  • doors, except those in fire-rated wall assemblies or exits
  • floor coverings and porch flooring
  • painting
  • repairs to plaster, interior tile work, and other wall coverings
  • windows when they are replaced in exactly the same size and location.

Notable Exception
Another notable exception is construction of a one-story accessory structure with a total height of 14 feet or less, a wall height of 8-1/2 feet or less, and with a total area not to exceed 256 square feet on a single-family lot. Installation of such a structure does not require a building permit, but its location is restricted in accordance with setback requirements for each of the three residential zones.

Contact Us
If you have questions, please call the Planning and Zoning Department at 703-255-6341.